- Hyundai Motorsport has taken a fourth-place finish in Rally Finland, the ninth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) with a spirited performance over the weekend
- Andreas Mikkelsen claimed a hard-fought top-four result and third place in the Power Stage to end the rally as the highest placed Hyundai Motorsport driver
- Thierry Neuville secured a strong second in the Power Stage to take sixth overall, one place ahead of his team-mate Craig Breen in seventh
5 August 2019 - Hyundai Motorsport has emerged from a closely fought Rally Finland with valuable points for the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), as the team retains a 24-point lead in the manufacturers’ table after nine of 14 rounds.
It was a fascinating fight to the finish in Finland as crews put on a sensational display of world class rallying for the cheering crowds, with high-octane stages and heart stopping jumps that epitomise Rally Finland.
Sunday’s itinerary included two stages; Laukaa (11.75km) and Ruuhimäki (11.12km). Each was run twice with the second run through Ruuhimäki acting as the Power Stage. Despite covering a total distance of just 45.74km, in a rally where every tenth-of-a-second counts, there was no let-up for the crews as they fought hard for their respective positions.
Andreas Mikkelsen had been embroiled in a tug-of-war battle with Sébastien Ogier for fourth place, the two drivers having swapped positions regularly throughout Saturday. On the final morning, it was the Norwegian who took the upper hand, cementing his advantage with a stage win on SS22 (Laukaa), his third fastest time of the weekend, and a strong run to third in the Power Stage.
Thierry Neuville, recovering from a tough start to the rally, took sixth place, benefitting from the support of his teammate Craig Breen, who ended his debut with Hyundai Motorsport in seventh place after an impressive performance all weekend. The Belgian finished second in the Power Stage to secure four points for the drivers’ championship, in which he lies third – three points behind Ogier.
In total, Hyundai Motorsport claimed five stage wins over the weekend, more than it ever has at Rally Finland, and demonstrated a notable performance improvement compared to previous visits. With two cars finishing in the top-six, the team holds onto its lead in the manufacturers’ championship with a 24-point lead over its nearest rivals and five rallies remaining on the calendar.
Crew Notes: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger-Amland (#89 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Three stage wins over the weekend (SS8, SS19, SS22)
- Third place in the Power Stage secured fourth place and valuable championship points
Crew Notes: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (#11 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- Tough start hampered the Belgians’ progress
- Two stage wins over the weekend and second place in the Power Stage
Crew Notes: Craig Breen/Paul Nagle (#42 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)
- A strong WRC debut in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC for the Irish crew
- A hat-trick of top-two stage times on Friday, and many other highlights to take away
Team Director Andrea Adamo: “I have been very impressed by the pace, performance and attitude from all three of our crews in Finland. Without wanting to sound like a stuck record, I really wish we had been able to give them a better car this weekend. Having said that, compared to our previous results in this rally, we have seen a significant improvement. We weren’t scared to come here; instead we have worked incredibly hard to make our car more suited to the demands of this rally. These results are not only thanks to the efforts of our crews but also to everyone at HMSG. I know what I have been asking of them with many sleepless nights to get us ready for Finland. It might not yet be a victory but it is a clear sign that when you work hard you get results.”
- The tenth round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Rallye Deutschland, will take place August 22-25.
- The event marks the first tarmac round since Tour de Corse at the end of March.
Final Overall Classification - Rally Finland
|1||O. Tänak||M. Järveoja||Toyota Yaris WRC||2:30:40.3|
|2||E. Lappi||J. Ferm||Citroën C3 WRC||+25.6|
|3||J.M Latvala||M. Anttila||Toyota Yaris WRC||+33.2|
|4||A. Mikkelsen||A. Jæger-Amland||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+53.4|
|5||S. Ogier||J. Ingrassia||Citroën C3 WRC||+56.1|
|6||T. Neuville||N. Gilsoul||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+1:32.4|
|7||C. Breen||P. Nagle||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||+1:38.2|
|8||T. Suninen||J. Lehtinen||Ford Fiesta WRC||+2:33.8|
|9||K. Rovenperä||J. Halttunen||Škoda Fabia R5||+7:54.1|
|10||N. Gryazin||Y. Fedorov||Škoda Fabia R5||+10:28.7|
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ Standings (after round 9)
|1||Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team||262|
|2||Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team||238|
|3||Citroën Total World Rally Team||198|
|4||M-Sport Ford World Rally Team||158|
2019 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ Standings (after round 9)